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Sheep Don't Wallow

There is an old story about a lamb and its mother. It seems the lamb passed a pig pen each morning on the way to the pasture with its mother. Watching the pigs wallow in the mud seemed like fun, and on an especially hot day, the lamb asked the mother if he could jump the fence and wallow in the cool mud. She replied, “No.” Then the lamb asked the usual question, “Why?” The mother just said, “Sheep don’t wallow.”

This did not satisfy the lamb. He felt she was not being fair, overreacting, and didn’t have the right to tell him what he could or could not do! So, as soon as the mother was out of sight, the lamb ran to the pig pen and jumped the fence. He was soon feeling the cool mud on his feet, his legs, and soon his stomach. After a few moments, he decided he had better go back to his mother, but he couldn’t. He was stuck! Mud and wool don’t mix. His pleasure had become his prison. He cried out and was rescued by the farmer. When cleaned and returned to the fold, the mother said, “Remember, sheep don’t wallow.”

Sin is like that. It looks so nice, so inviting. We think we can escape from it any time we wish, but it is not always so. Sinful pleasures soon become prisons. Often, sin is addictive in nature and it becomes more and more difficult to break away from.

The moral of this story? Christians don’t wallow! Sin and sinners entice us to join in the passing pleasures of sin. But as the wise writer of Proverbs said, “Keep your feet from their path.” Proverbs 1:10-19 – Author Unknown

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Tossed Salad

One afternoon as a mother was scraping and peeling vegetables for the evening’s salad at supper, her daughter came to ask her permission to go to one of the local ‘hang out’ places with some of her friends. Knowing already how her mother felt about the place because it had a bad reputation she was on the defensive, “Yes mother, I know it is a questionable place, but all the other girls are going.” As the teenage daughter steadily pleaded to go she suddenly saw her mother pick up a handful of discarded vegetable peelings from the garbage can and toss them into the salad. Startled, she cried, “Mom, you are putting garbage in the salad.”

“Sure,” her mother replied, “I figured that if you didn’t mind putting garbage into your mind and heart, you sure would not mind a little garbage in your stomach.”

Pensively, the girl removed the offending material from the salad and with a, “Thank You” and a peck on the cheek for her mother she went to tell her friends that she would not be going with them…... “Not today or ever! My mom is right; it’s just not a good place for us to be.”

Parents, remember, you are the parent! AND it is you NOT your child who knows what is best for them. It’s okay to tell your children ‘No’! In fact, it’ your responsibility!!! So the next time your son/daughter comes and asks you to do something or go somewhere they shouldn’t just sit down with them and explain to them why! Many a parent have regretted letting their child get involved with the wrong crown BUT not one has ever regretted keeping their child safe from the temptations of the adversary!!! “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Ephesians 6:4 – Ronnie Scherffius

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